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Captain America #609: Review

Aug 2010
Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice

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No Escape—Part 4

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3 stars

Captain America #609 Review by (August 26, 2010)
Comments: Throughout Cap’s long comics history, Fort (usually “Camp”) Lehigh has been located in various states, usually New York or Virginia; the latter seems to be the standard now.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #609 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Steve Rogers and the Falcon are searching for Bucky Barnes, who cannot be found after his identity as both Captain America and Soviet assassin Winter Soldier have been publicly revealed by Baron Zemo….

Hours earlier, Bucky was packing to go into hiding, to wait out Zemo’s next move. Instead he found a message from the villain on his bathroom mirror, calling him to meet "where you were born." He donned his Captain America outfit and headed to Fort Lehigh in Virginia, knowing it was a trap….

Meanwhile, Black Widow has admitted Steve and Falcon to Bucky’s apartment where they also see the message and deduce it refers to Fort Lehigh, where Bucky was born as a costumed hero. From a rooftop across the street, Zemo’s minion Iron Hand Hauptmann fires a missile into the apartment, blowing it to bits. The Falcon, still recovering from his earlier injuries (issue #606), takes flight to intercept the assassin….

At Fort Lehigh, Cap pauses to absorb the good memories the place holds for him before seeking out his enemy. He encounters Zemo, who informs him he expected Bucky to misinterpret his message; Cap rushes toward him….

Hauptmann kicks Falcon in his already damaged ribs but is jumped by Black Widow; then Steve shows up….

As Captain America engages Baron Zemo he discovers that the villain’s armor is actually a nano-tech exoskeleton that can deliver a lethal charge of electricity. Pursuing his foe, Cap walks into a trap which fires a missile at him. He manages to deflect it with his shield but the force knocks the energy out of him….

Steve and the Widow fight Hauptman with Steve grabbing his iron hand and crushing it. To the heroes’ horror they discover the iron hand is a glove, not a robotic device….

Cap uses his agility to dodge Zemo’s attacks and manages to overcome his foe. As he bends over his enemy to cuff him, Zemo slaps a device onto Cap’s shoulder, disabling his cybernetic arm. The villain then fires a ray at Cap, rendering him unconscious….

Black Widow question Hauptmann about Zemo’s plan but the henchman knows nothing, save that he’s long gone….

Cap awakens in chains aboard Zemo’s jet where the villain tells him that the place where he was born was his father’s island in the English Channel, "where you were meant to die…."

Story #2

Welcome Home—Part 2

Writer: Sean McKeever. Penciler: Filipe Andrade. Inker: Filipe Andrade. Colorist: Chris Sotomayor.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

At school, Rikki (Nomad) Barnes tells her friend Anya (Arana) Corazon about Steve Rogers’ offer to help her settle down into a normal life. Anya is threatened by the possible loss of her friend and presents her with a cheap disposable cell phone so they can keep in touch about hero activities. [Elsewhere Steve is telling Natasha (Black Widow) Romanova about his worries that if Rikki decides to continue being Nomad, he will have trouble keeping her safe. Natasha tells Steve he sounds like a father.] Meanwhile, Rikki considers calling Steve until she recognizes another student as one of the gang of thugs responsible for beating up a couple of gay men (and killing one) that she fought the other night….

That evening, she infiltrates the gang’s meeting in a factory, having entered the guy’s house and hacked his father’s computer. The thugs, led by the kid’s father, are plotting the assassination of a congressman over his stand on gay rights…then Nomad’s cell phone goes off. Just as the bad guys spot her near the ceiling, Steve Rogers bursts in and tackles the enemy. She leaps to his aid and engages the kid from school, trying to lecture him on rebelling against his father. When she sees Steve being shot at however, she has a panic attack, allowing the punk to knock her out….

Preview Pages
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Butch Guice
Andrew Hennessy
Paul Mounts
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Arana (Anya Corazon), Iron Hand Hauptmann, Nomad (Rikki Barnes).

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